Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I have little patience with "reality" TV. Back when it first started, it wasn't so bad because the contestants weren't all hard bodied fame whores. Now, that's pretty much all you see. I liked the first season of Survivor. Who doesn't remember naked Richard Hatch? Truck driver Sue or "Aw, hell, I don't know" Rudy? I loved Rudy. I was really pulling for him to win, but alas, it was not to be. Now reality shows are populated with people who would make me run screaming the other direction if I had to engage in a conversation with most of them for more than 2 minutes. Plus, I really hate the people who have been away from their families for like 2 days and boohoo about how hard it is and how they don't think they can take it. Seriously? Talk to a military family and see what you have to boohoo about. Gah!
One show I generally don't mind though is The Amazing Race. Indy is a HUGE fan, so even though many of the contestants annoy me, we watch it. Plus, I loves me some Phil Keoghan. That's him at the top in case you didn't know. Maybe it's the Kiwi accent or how he occasionally (but subtly) tells contestants they're morons.
We get the episodes 2 days after they air in the States, so the most recent one was where the contestants had to go from China to Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta), India. Before they left China they had to drink a cup of tea and then once in Kolkata they had to find that same type of tea from about 300-400 of cups set out before them. Indy and James Bond both said I would own that challenge. I love hot tea and am very particular. I often drink tea like I drink wine (picking out different flavors in the tea). Anyhoodle, I got very, very, very annoyed at many of the people in said tea challenge. The whining and moaning! OMG! I can't tell you how many times I yelled "IT'S JUST TEA!" at the TV. Several of the contestants went on and on about how this was the "hardest thing" they'd ever done. REALLY? THE HARDEST THING YOU'VE EVER DONE? Are you freaking kidding me? I wondered what the Indian attendants working the challenge thought of this. If it were me, I'd have had a really hard time not rolling my eyes. I know one of them had to be thinking: THIS is the hardest thing you've ever done? I live in INDIA. Did you SEE Slumdog Millionaire, you spoiled American? Did you see the swell of humanity just outside this building? Drink your damn tea and get out of my country. I'm really sympathetic like that though.
Are you a reality TV fan? Do you think it makes Americans look like complete idiots? FTR, I would LOVE to go on The Amazing Race, but James Bond and I would probably kill each other.